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  • Colorado pot law frustrates Nebraska law officers 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:16 pm
  • OMAHA, Nebraska - Some Nebraska law enforcement officers are increasingly frustrated that their agencies have to bear the cost of jailing and prosecuting people for drug violations tied to Colorado's legalized marijuana.

  • GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:15 pm
  • LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon - The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.

  • Debate still simmers over 'Field of Dreams' site 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:14 pm
  • DYERSVILLE, Iowa - A quarter-century after "Field of Dreams" debuted in movie theaters, the northeastern Iowa farm where it was filmed remains at the center of simmering debates.

  • Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize pipeline decision delay 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:14 pm
  • WILLISTON, North Dakota - Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are criticizing the Obama administration for putting off its decision on the contentious Keystone XL pipeline.

  • St. Paul to settle police lawsuit for $45,000 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 5:04 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a $45,000 settlement this week with a man who claimed an officer slammed his head into a wall, knocking him unconscious.

  • GOP gubernatorial candidates relying on geography 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:56 pm
  • PHOENIX - Two Republican candidates for Arizona governor in an already crowded field could have a critical advantage thanks to support close to home, the Arizona Capitol Times reported ( earlier this month.

  • Indicted ex-Martinez aide wants racino evidence 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:50 pm
  • SANTA FE, New Mexico - A former campaign manager for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez accused of hijacking her campaign's email system and lying about it is seeking information tied to a state contract for the Downs at Albuquerque, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported ( Saturday.

  • Panel's role in Cleveland police ruling questioned 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:49 pm
  • CLEVELAND - A lawyer for families of men killed in separate 2012 shootings by Cleveland police - including a 137-bullet chase under federal investigation - is questioning a grand jury's role in a recent county prosecutor's ruling.

  • Government offering to buy Makah lands for tribe 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:47 pm
  • NEAH BAY, Washington - The U.S. government is buying up property from some members of the Makah Tribe, for the Makah Tribe.

  • City councilman sued for damage to foreclosed home 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:44 pm
  • DETROIT - A credit union has sued a Detroit City Council member, saying he "willfully and maliciously" damaged his foreclosed home.

  • State cuts limit services for Caddo juveniles 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:40 pm
  • SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - Caddo Parish authorities say state cuts left a $2.9 million hole in the juvenile justice system. Director of Juvenile Services Clay Walker tells The Times ( ) that the parish transferred $3.1 million from its Criminal Justice Fund to plug the hole. But he says there's too little money to grow or adapt.

  • 2 Massachusetts towns ponder drone restrictions 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:31 pm
  • AMHERST, Massachusetts - Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations and regulate the unmanned aircraft locally.

  • Advocates make push to legalize marijuana in NJ 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:31 pm
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - Dozens of activists and community members have gathered at the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse to show their support for legalizing marijuana.

  • Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:25 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Hidden behind live oaks and magnolias near the Florida Governor's Mansion, a historic house that symbolizes much of the state's terrible past and transformation will soon have its doors opened to the public.

  • Sharp Elbows in Republican primaries 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:19 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - There's been no free path to potential victory for Barbara Comstock as she tries to win the Republican primary contest next Saturday for the 10th Congressional District in northern Virginia.

  • Beau Biden reshuffles Delaware political landscape 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:11 pm
  • DOVER, Delaware - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden's decision not to seek re-election and instead run for governor in 2016 is reshuffling the state's political landscape and altering the usual path to higher office.

  • Pa. labor dispute law change runs into opposition 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:58 pm
  • PHILADELPHIA - A proposal to change Pennsylvania law regarding stalking and harassment in labor disputes is generating a dispute among Republicans in the state Legislature.

  • Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:55 pm
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.

  • Calif. congresswoman, aide sued in fatal DUI case 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:50 pm
  • SANTA BARBARA, California - Parents of a Santa Barbara woman killed by a drunk-driving congressional aide have filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, and the U.S. government.

  • 3 vying for Republican nomination for House seat 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:47 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

  • Charlotte weighs immigrant-friendly city policies 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:44 pm
  • CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina's biggest city is looking at ways to boost growth by attracting new immigrants to the United States, a move some complain would include welcoming people living in the country illegally.

  • Lincoln looks at options for police shooting range 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:41 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Lincoln's city council and police chief are looking at different options for a new law enforcement training facility.

  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:24 pm
  • JINDO, South Korea - The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

  • Brewers fear proposed FDA rule would spike costs 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:23 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Northwest beer brewers have joined a national outcry over a proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration which they say would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.

  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:23 pm
  • BEIRUT - Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest.